Sleep Like A Tiger

There is nothing I like better than a good bed time story.  Sometimes, after a busy day, the best quality time a parent can have with a child is bedtime, and a good book to share at the end of the day is something really special.

Sleep Like a Tiger fits all my criteria for a story sure to be asked for time and time again. Trust me. How can you (or your children or grandchildren) not just LOVE a story about a little girl who insists to her parents that she is not tired and not ready to go to sleep.

Well, these parents are clearly a cut above, and you will see what I mean when you get a glimpse of the amazing illustrations. No, these parents are quite special, royalty to be sure, because they are clad in beautiful clothing and wearing crowns. But, that is not why I think they are special. Nope! They are special because, instead of fighting with their daughter, they say ,fine, no problem, but put your pajamas on and brush your teeth, etc. They tuck her in bed and that leads to a marvelous discussion about animals and their sleep patterns. And guess what…magically she drifts off to sleep! Don’t we all wish it would always be that easy.

I had never heard of Mary Logue before. Indeed, though she is quite the prolific writer – a poet and author of mystery books, books for young-adults, fiction, non-fiction…Sleep Like A Tiger is her first children’s book. Apparently I am not the only person who likes it because it is a 2013 Caldecott Honor Book. Logue’s gentle wording, coupled with the exquisite mixed media illustrations by Pamela Zagarenski, a Caldecott Honor winner in 2010 for Red Sings from Treetops.

Does your little one have trouble falling asleep? Then perhaps you should pick up a copy of Sleep Like A Tiger and then your home will be peaceful, too.

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